ELLENTON -- Imaginations came alive at Winter Dreams, A Holiday Ice Spectacular show Saturday.
More than 140 ice skaters performed in the Southwest Florida Figure Skating Club annual holiday extravaganza at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex.
Olympic and world-class skaters and 4-year-olds just learning to stay upright provided the audience with a first-rate show.
"They are wonderful," said Diane Miller, who came with her friends. "It's a beautiful show for the Christmas holiday."
Bea Gallagher, who invited Miller, said more people should know about this show.
"People go the outlet mall (adjacent to the ice complex)," Gallagher said, "but they don't know about the ice skaters."
Erika Sinks, who invited Gallagher, said she does not miss any of the figure-skating club's shows.
"I come every year," said Sinks, who said she skated as a little girl. "I love ice skating."
She said she also makes sure to watch the skating competitions during the Winter Olympics.
And Sinks got to see some Olympic skaters Saturday.
Nate Bartholomay, who competed in 2014 games in Sochi, Russia, played the part of Prince Hans of the Southern Isles in the outstanding and extravagant production on ice of the Disney movie "Frozen."
The story of the ice queen Elsa, and her sister, Anna, filled the second half of the show, and was well-received by the enthusiastic audience.
To create the illusion of the two sisters growing up
throughout the story, three sets of skaters portrayed them.
Elli Kopmar, played the young Anna, Grace Knoop, the teenage Anna, and Gretchen Donlan, the adult Anna. Elsa was performed by Sarah Rose, Dallas Ward and Tarah Kayne.
Kayne recently took home a silver medal with her partner, Danny O'Shea, from the Four Continents Championship in Tapei, Taiwan.
The audience was entertained in the first half of the show with several world champion skaters performing to traditional Christmas hymns, such as "Silent Night" and "O, Holy Night."
Other individuals and pairs skated to more-contemporary holiday tunes, doing spectacular jumps and spins to such songs as "White Christmas" and "Jingle Bells."
The skaters have two more shows Sunday, both of which are sold out, according to Tom Lindermuth, general manager of the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex.